This is the news so many of us have been waiting for. But how many dreaded the next announcement about Stéphane Sessegnon would be altogether different?
Whatever it took, from pay rises and cuddles to first-class Eurostar tickets, Martin O’Neill has persuaded Sess to stay. A contract extension keeps him at the club, or massively enhances his already high market value, until 2015.
The club website disclosed this momentous development in brief and somewhat dry terms.
Stéphane Sessegnon has signed an extension to his contract with Sunderland.
The Beninese star is now under contract at the Stadium of Light until 2015.
Sessegnon is the club’s reigning Player of the Season and has been a huge hit since moving to Wearside from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011.
The 28-year-old has made 58 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 11 goals. He finished as the club’s joint-leading scorer last season with eight strikes. The contract extension is naturally subject to the player being granted an extension to his current work permit.
For most fans, I’d guess, it can be as dry as it wants. This, in its way, is as important as last week’s fabulous news of the captures of Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson.
Sir Martin O’Neill has a certain ring to it.
See what I made of it at the Sunderland pages of ESPN’s FC Network by clicking on http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland?cc=5739